Date: September 17, 2007
Eaton Supports Southwest Michigan Organizations With $100,000 in Grants
KALAMAZOO, Mich. … Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation announced today it has donated $100,000 to support local community organizations in the Southwest Michigan area. The grants will be used to sustain various activities and programs benefiting citizens throughout the region.
Eaton hosted a luncheon at its Charleston Township headquarters on September 17 to honor the recipients of its community donations. Also invited were civic and business leaders from Eaton’s surrounding communities, including Battle Creek, Kalamazoo and Portage.
“We’re proud to be working with these outstanding organizations, and to be in a position to make a positive contribution to our community,” said Curt Hutchins, Eaton vice president and president – Heavy Duty Transmission Division. “Eaton is committed to improving life in the communities in which we do business. We do this not only with monetary contributions, but with the contributions of hundreds of our employees toward these good causes and many others.”
Funding recipients include:
• Habitat for Humanity – to help build affordable, decent homes for low-income families in Battle Creek and Kalamazoo.
• Portage Community Outreach Center – to benefit a variety of programs and services including: youth development, emergency assistance and a collaborative partnership for affordable housing.
• Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival – to the Gilmore Community Outreach program to provide free and reduced-price tickets for Gilmore events to underserved children, senior citizens and students, and to provide piano lessons in two elementary schools and a juvenile home in the Kalamazoo area.
• Gryphon Place – to support its Dispute Resolution Services to help people in conflict create their own solutions through the use of impartial, community volunteers who are trained as mediators.
• Parent-to-Parent of Southwest Michigan – to assist in providing a mentoring network for parents of special needs children and healthcare providers.
These donations are part of an overall monetary contribution by Eaton and its employees to the community in excess of $340,000. Local Eaton employee contributions to the United Way campaign generated more than $125,000 for area United Way agencies in 2007, with the 2008 campaign just getting underway.
The Eaton Charitable Fund oversees the distribution of charitable funds to organizations in communities where Eaton has facilities. A significant portion of the funds supplement employee gifts to United Way agencies throughout the U.S. and Canada. Eaton's Gift-Matching Program encourages community involvement by matching employee financial gifts to educational, arts and cultural institutions, and other approved nonprofit organizations of their choice. An annual Report of Contributions lists recipients of Eaton contributions
Eaton’s Truck Group headquarters in Charleston Township employs more than 500 professionals engaged in the design, development, manufacture and marketing of manual and automated transmissions, hybrid power systems, clutches, collision warning systems and mobile resource management solutions – all for the global commercial vehicle industry.
Eaton Corporation is a diversified industrial manufacturer with 2006 sales of $12.4 billion. Eaton is a global leader in electrical systems and components for power quality, distribution and control; fluid power systems and services for industrial, mobile and aircraft equipment; intelligent truck drivetrain systems for safety and fuel economy; and automotive engine air management systems, powertrain solutions and specialty controls for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has 62,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 125 countries. For more information, visit www.eaton.com.